The Horsham club has attracted growing numbers of visitors from northern Europe in recent years, eager to escape freezing winter temperatures across the region and continue playing when their own courses are shut by snow and ice.
With two 18-hole championship golf courses, its own accommodation and easily accessible from a number of UK airports, including just 20 minutes away from Gatwick airport, Mannings Heath is ideally situated to host players from abroad, both individuals and groups.
The club, which is set in 500 acres of beautiful Sussex downland, boasts two 18-hole layouts – the Waterfall Course and Kingfisher Course.
The former, a members-only course influenced by celebrated golf architect Harry Colt, stands on land where golf has been played since the very early 1900s, hosted this summer’s 2013 English Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship and features in the latest ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in England’ standings, while the latter flows gracefully through the Sussex countryside, testing the skills and nerve of the most seasoned player.
Accommodation is provided at the club’s fully-restored 19th century four-bedroom Fullers Cottage – just a 30-second walk from the first tee – where guests can relax in their own private garden and take advantage of Mannings Heath’s other facilities including tennis courts and its 17th century clubhouse.
And Scandinavian players taking a longer break can also head to its sister club, The Manor House Golf Club in Castle Combe, near, Bath, to play the course rated as the best in Wiltshire in the ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in England’ poll, which also offers its own accommodation.
Steve Slinger, general manager at Mannings Heath Golf Club, said: “The Scandinavian golf market is an area that we’ve been keen to explore in the last few years and we’re expecting our busiest time yet this winter. “The close proximity of Gatwick airport means people can be on the first tee barely an hour after they land, and the club has all the facilities needed for a fabulous golfing break.
“Our packages for overseas players are proving more and more popular, and we have a range of groups booked in for the coming months including ones from Sweden, Norway and Iceland.”
Mannings Heath and The Manor House are both owned by Exclusive Golf, which was formed in 2010 and is a part of Exclusive Hotels, a prestigious group of individual, stylish hotels in the south of England, located in stunning surroundings and presenting a luxurious tranquility in beautiful English locations.